Playing behind closed doors in England will not affect us: Shaheen

back icon
safari
18 Jun 2020 | 04:37 AM
authorPTI

Playing behind closed doors in England will not affect us: Shaheen

Pakistan are scheduled to play three Tests and as many T20Is in a bio-secure environment in England amid the COVID-19 pandemic

heart

Share

Young pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi said Pakistan will have no problems competing behind closed doors during the upcoming Test series in England as they are used to playing their home matches before empty stadiums in the UAE.

Pakistan are scheduled to play three Tests and as many T20Is in a bio-secure environment in England amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"For us playing before empty stadiums is nothing new as we have played before scarce crowds in the UAE and also before empty stadiums in some matches of the last Pakistan Super League," he said during a media interaction.

"So the atmosphere should not affect us and we aim to entertain the people watching the live matches at home."

The first of three-match Test series is slated to get underway from July 30 with the final match concluding on August 24 while the three-T20I series will run from August 29 to September 2. However, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are yet to finalise the dates.

Shaheen said England has been a happy hunting ground for Pakistan and they have done well in the last two Test series and also won the Champions Trophy.

"England is always a challenging tour specially the Test matches but the good thing is we tend to enjoy playing there and doing well," he said.

The West Indies team is currently in England for next month's three-Test series and Shaheen said Pakistan will keep a watch on how the tour goes as it will help them to chalk out their plans.

"We will see how they adapt to the new SOPs due to the Covid-19 and we will then accordingly make our plans," he said.

The 20-year-old, who has played just eight Tests, 19 ODIs and 12 T20 internationals, didn't think the young bowlers in the touring squad would face problems adjusting to the English conditions.

"Yes it is true myself, Naseem and the other youngsters have not played much Test cricket but we have Mohammad Abbas, Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan and Sohail Khan in the squad who are experienced plus we have one of the greats as our bowling coach in Waqar Younis. So we will adjust accordingly," he said.

The left-arm pacer also made it clear that for him Tests were the real challenge as a bowler and he wanted to leave a mark in the coming series in England.

"I have bowled well in all formats but obviously Tests are the real challenge as if you do well in them you are ranked as a top bowler. I take inspiration from the exploits of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in Test cricket."

Celebrations after taking a wicket will not be the same in the wake of the pandemic and Shaheen said it would be a different experience and "this is something which we have to get used to".

"... the main thing is that after staying home for more than two months and playing no cricket we are going to play cricket at last. That is the main thing for us," he said.

The youngster also felt that the Pakistan squad now had a very strong and experienced management and support staff and the players would learn a lot from coaches like Misbah, Waqar, Younis and Mushtaq Ahmed.

"They are all greats and them being in the dressing room will be a big boost for us to adjust to the conditions in England."

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
PakistanShaheen Shah AfridiPakistan tour of England, 2020

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Wasim Akram says England 'owe' Pakistan for cricket tour
England have not played in Pakistan since 2005/06. An attack by armed militants on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore in 2009 ended major cricket tours for a decade
userAFP
17 Aug 2020
safari
NEWS
Happy to have experience and young blood in our pace attack: Azhar Ali
The 35-year-old said that the young pace bowlers in the extended squad are benefiting immensely from the presence of experienced pros like Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Abbas and Imran Khan in the squad
userPTI
31 Jul 2020
safari
NEWS
Amir remains part of our plans, moved on from hurt of his Test retirement: Waqar Younis
Waqar defended the decision to call Amir to join the squad in England to replace Haris Rauf
userPTI
21 Jul 2020
safari
NEWS
Shan Masood says England still a strong side despite defeat to West Indies
Pakistan are currently in England to play a three-match Test series starting on August 5
userPTI
15 Jul 2020
safari
NEWS
Archer is a real match winner and a threat: Younis
The Pakistan batting coach however remains confident that his batsmen can counter the England pacer
userAFP
28 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
My players are mentally strong, can adjust to protocols: Misbah
Also Wahab Riaz has conveyed to Misbah that he is ready to make a return to Test cricket if his services are required during the England tour
userPTI
12 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
Players will have to be mentally strong when international cricket resumes: Mushtaq Ahmed
Ahmed, who recently joined the national set-up, said the series between England and the West Indies will provide lessons as the game is set to resume with that series, starting July 8
userPTI
11 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
Babar Azam has potential to be a legend like Kohli, says Younis
Younis was on Tuesday (9th June) appointed as Pakistan's batting coach for the three-Test and three-T20I tour of England starting July 30
userPTI
11 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
Younis Khan appointed Pakistan batting coach for England tour
In addition to Younis, the PCB has also appointed wrist spinner and a veteran of 52 Tests Mushtaq Ahmed as the team’s spin bowling coach and mentor for the three-Test and three-T20Is series
userPakistan Cricket Board media release
09 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
India's series win in Australia had lot to do with Smith, Warner's absence: Waqar Younis
Waqar also made it clear that he was very keen to see the T20 World Cup held this year in Australia even if slightly delayed
userPTI
06 Apr 2020
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved